Happy Valley Pride 2017
Hebden Bridge will be celebrating LGBTQ life in Calderdale from 7th to 13th August with a festival of diversity, inclusivity and awareness for everyone. The Happy Valley Pride Festival is loaded with music, art, fun and games over a wide range of venues for the whole family to enjoy.
Unified with an LGBTQ+ Heroes theme, the festival aims to provide a spectrum of exciting, inclusive events, bringing together nationally renowned and local artistes.
Established, comedian, Zoe Lyons, who brings her full length stand-up show on Wednesday 9th to The Trades Club*. Zoe will be familiar to many from her regular appearances on TV and radio shows, such as Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo.
An evening performance at Little Theatre on Friday, 11th August from award-winning, musical satirists, Bourgeois & Maurice – recently described by The Guardian as “Modern Day Music Hall stars”. The demented duo promise to deliver riotously funny, original songs with style as sharp as their wit.
A cram-packed, family-friendly celebration weekend starts at 11am on Saturday 12th August on Holme Street. 'The Big Day Out’ includes an eclectic mix of local musicians and street entertainment , all compered by Jenny Wilson and broadcast live on Hebden Radio FM. Including Scottish country dancing from the Gay Gordons; acclaimed comedian Debs Gatenby; Bazzmatazz Dance Troupe and local singer/songwriter Terry Logan amongst others.
Across at Riverside Junior School will be an exhibition of pupils’ ‘Heroes’ artwork, alongside information stalls, face painting and indoor entertainment for the kids.
Elsewhere, talks from a thought-provoking mix of LGBTQ+ speakers, including Jeremy Pemberton and Flo Krause at Hope Baptist Church; complementing the return of human rights activist, Peter Tatchell at Little Theatre*, plus a Vogue Workshop, led by experienced performer Joshua Hubbard over at Waterside Gym
'The Main Event' at Trades Club presents Honeyfeet and The Bright Black (both Manchester bands with a reputation for their exuberant live performances), followed by a Heroes’ themed Disco with local DJ Red Helen.
Winding down the week, Sunday offers something for everyone starting with a ‘Celebration of Diversity’ church service at St James’ Church, Hebden Bridge; ‘Up the Buttress’ walk led by Peter Tatchell and culminating in the Pink Picnic, including a chance to enter your pooches in the Pink Pooch Parade being all held in Calder Holmes Park.
*Both Peter Tatchell and Zoe Lyons will offer BSL interpretation.